Purple passionfruit is a small, oval to round shaped fruit, approximately two to three inches in diameter at maturity. The fruit's skin is smooth, yet dimpled and at peak maturity can be heavily wrinkled. The skin's color varies with hues of dark purple and red. Below the skin is a cottony white peel. The interior seed cavity of Purple passionfruit is filled with edible yellow to green jelly and medium sized black seeds. Its pulp is highly aromatic and has a tropical sweet tart flavor with nuances of pineapple, papaya, mango, citrus and guava.
Purple passionfruit is available year-round with peak season winter through summer.
Purple passionfruit, also known as Granadilla is of the family Passifloraceae. There are several varieties of passionfruit but the two main commercial types on the market today are the Purple passionfruit (Passiflora edulis L.) and yellow passionfruit (P. edulis f. flavicarpa).
The pulp of the Purple passionfruit is rich in Vitamins A and C and its edible seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Its pulp has also been found to be rich in phytochemicals aka antioxidants, which have been shown to help to prevent certain cancers and support a healthy immune system. The flower of the Purple passionfruit has been used for centuries by many cultures as a medicinal supplement to treat insomnia, asthma, anxiety and menopause. The inner white rind of the Purple passionfruit is currently being studied as well for its ability to reduce asthma symptoms and alleviate the pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Purple passionfruit are prized for the jelly like pulp they contain, which can be used raw or cooked in a number of dessert and beverage preparations. Slice in half and use a spoon to remove the gelatinous contents. Both the pulp and seeds are edible and ready to eat as is, for a less tart flavor add a little sugar and cream to it before serving. Serve Purple passionfruit atop salads, ice cream or yogurt. To remove the seeds squeeze the inner contents of the fruit through cheesecloth. The seed free pulp of the Purple passionfruit can be cooked down to make syrup for use in beverages, sauces, soups, preserves, sherbets, pie fillings, frostings, marshmallows and cakes.